It marks the second Coach of the Year honor for DeMoss this season as she also was named the SEC Coach of the Year by the league coaches.
DeMoss has guided the Wildcats (21-7, 9-5 SEC) to a record-breaking regular season that includes the school's first NCAA appearance since 1999, the most wins (21) in seven years, the most conference wins in school history (nine), and the highest SEC finish (fourth) in 23 years. What's more impressive is that DeMoss has done with it with a team comprised of nine freshmen and sophomores and just one senior.
DeMoss now leads Kentucky to its sixth all-time appearance in the Big Dance, its first since 1999, when the Wildcats square off with 12th-seeded Chattanooga (27-3) in the first round Saturday, March 18 in Chicago.
Mahoney (Detroit), a second-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches, has been the team's most consistent scorer this season, leading UK in scoring in 10 games this season. She averages a squad-best 12.0 points per game while Elliott (McKee, Ky.) follows with 10.9 ppg. Humphrey (Memphis, Tenn.) is UK's leading rebounder with a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. She has pulled down double-figure rebounds in 12 games this season and ranks fourth overall in the SEC.